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Describe, using at least three historical examples, the reasons why Britain had risen to become a dominant global power by 1815 4-5 pages (double-spaced) in length, with 12-point regular font (Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.) and 1-inch margins. Quotations and paraphrasing from the sources or the textbook must be properly cited with footnotes.[1] I expect all exams to be thoroughly proof-read: papers with significant grammatical errors and typos will be docked. Introduction & Argument (1-2 paragraphs), 20%: ‘A’ essays have an introduction that sets up the context for the country in question and has a strong central argument to make a case. “I argue that Britain was able to become a dominant global power due to a combination of X, Y, and Z” Body (3-5 paragraphs), 50%: The body will provide specific examples taken from the lecture material, the Vernon textbook, or outside sources to support the argument ‘A’ essays provide at least three specific pieces of evidence that clearly back up the argument, and will persuasively justify the reasons why they have been chosen. Conclusion (1 paragraph), 10%: The conclusion is intended to tie it all together, restating major points developed in the body of the essay and explaining how they support the argument of the paper. Writing, 10%: ‘A’ essays are organized, use smooth transitions between paragraphs and ideas, use language that clearly communicates ideas, and are grammatically correct. Formatting/Technical, 10%. Improperly formatted essays (those that do not follow font, margin, or footnote guidelines) or those with many typographical errors or many long quotations will be docked. [1] Sample footnote format: Jerry Bentley, Herbert Ziegler, and Heather Streets-Salter, Traditions and Encounters: A Brief Global History (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009), 240. For repeat citations after the full citation in the same document: Bentley, Traditions and Encounters, 241.
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HIST2376 Response Paper
Format/Technical: All exams must be typed, 4-5 pages (double-spaced) in length, with 12-point
regular font (Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.) and 1-inch margins. Quotations and paraphrasing
from the sources or the textbook must be properly cited with footnotes.1 I expect all exams to be
thoroughly proof-read: papers with significant grammatical errors and typos will be docked.
Essay Question: Describe, using at least three historical examples, the reasons why Britain had
risen to become a dominant global power by 1815
Grading Structure:





Introduction & Argument (1-2 paragraphs), 20%: ‘A’ essays have an introduction that sets
up the context for the country in question and has a strong central argument to make a case.
“I argue that Britain was able to become a dominant global power due to a combination of
X, Y, and Z”
Body (3-5 paragraphs), 50%: The body will provide specific examples taken from the lecture
material, the Vernon textbook, or outside sources to support the argument ‘A’ essays
provide at least three specific pieces of evidence that clearly back up the argument, and will
persuasively justify the reasons why they have been chosen.
Conclusion (1 paragraph), 10%: The conclusion is intended to tie it all together, restating
major points developed in the body of the essay and explaining how they support the
argument of the paper.
Writing, 10%: ‘A’ essays are organized, use smooth transitions between paragraphs and
ideas, use language that clearly communicates ideas, and are grammatically correct.
Formatting/Technical, 10%. Improperly formatted essays (those that do not follow font,
margin, or footnote guidelines) or those with many typographical errors or many long
quotations will be docked.
I am more than happy to proofread and provide feedback on any essay sent to me by 5pm
on Wednesday.
Sample footnote format: Jerry Bentley, Herbert Ziegler, and Heather Streets-Salter, Traditions and Encounters: A Brief
Global History (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009), 240. For repeat citations after the full citation in the same document:
Bentley, Traditions and Encounters, 241.
1
Mapping an Essay
Mapping an essay is a lot like making an outline, but it is a bit more free-flowing and encourages you
to let your prose develop naturally, while still having a plan in place.
The basic idea is to lay out the skeleton of your argument and evidence before you start writing
actual paragraphs. For an analytical essay responding to a prompt based on at least two readings, the
following guide can lead you in a good direction.

Introduction Paragraph: What is your thesis? What are your main points of discussion
(concisely list them)? What are the sources you will reference?

First Main Point2:

o In what way does this point relate to /support your thesis?
o Provide a reference from one source that is an example or evidence of this main
point? How does it relate to the OVERALL thesis?
o Provide a reference from another source that is an example or evidence of this main
point? How does it relate to the OVERALL thesis?
o How do these quotes relate to each other? How do they work together to prove the
main point?
Second Main Point:
o In what way does this point relate to /support your thesis?
o Provide a reference from one source that is an example or evidence of this main
point? How does it relate to the OVERALL thesis?
o Provide a reference from another source that is an example or evidence of this main
point? How does it relate to the OVERALL thesis?
o How do these quotes relate to each other? How do they work together to prove the
main point?

Third Main Point3:

o In what way does this point relate to /support your thesis?
o Provide a reference from one source that is an example or evidence of this main
point? How does it relate to the OVERALL thesis?
o Provide a reference from another source that is an example or evidence of this main
point? How does it relate to the OVERALL thesis?
o How do these quotes relate to each other? How do they work together to prove the
main point?
Conclusion: What was your thesis? What were your three main points and how did they
demonstrate it?
PLEASE NOTE: The main points may take one or more paragraphs to develop. In this stage, you should focus on the
evidence and direction of the essay. Once you are writing the prose, you can break a paragraph as it feels natural.
3 You may or may not need three main points. It is a safe bet, and better to plan three, with the option to cut it if your
paper is long than to come up short. BE PREPARED to jettison point three though if your narrative is too long!
2
Finding & Citing Sources
For this essay, you are not necessarily expected to include external sources. However, you are
welcome to cite additional literature if you feel this strengthens your argument. 4
Scholarly sources are not open or free to the public, but institutional affiliation allows access.
Therefore, the best way to find your sources is through Northeastern’s library site:
library.northeastern.edu. Once you are on the site:
1. Search keywords in the search bar (“Decolonization Angola,” for example).
2. In the search results, it will indicate how the book/article is available in the green text at the
bottom of the entry.
3. If it is “Online Access,” click “Online Access” and it will take you to a page with a blue link
to the E-Book or E-Article.
4. If it says “Snell Library Stacks,” copy down the call number and go to the library to
physically check out the book from the stacks on the third or fourth floor. The call numbers
go by alphabetical order (So DT611.75 .S67 1983 will be on the third floor of Snell under
DT, then go into the stacks to find DT611).
a. The Library of Congress system classifies books by category, so when you go to the
stacks to find one book, all the books on that shelf will be on a similar topic so it will
be easy to find other sources once you’re there.
5. Ask me if you have any questions.
Citations:
Historians cite their sources in the Chicago style. The following website should help you with your
citations: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/
Everything you take from an outside source will need a footnote. To add a footnote in Microsoft
Word, click “References” in the navigation bar at the top of the screen and then click “Insert
Footnote.” It will automatically number the footnote and you just need to add the citation.
Footnotes should be 10-pt and in the same font as the paper itself.
For this essay you are not expected to include a bibliography, you are only required to
include citations for external sources. However, the format for both a footnote citation and a
bibliographic entry are below. The formats are as follows:
Book:
o Footnote:
Patrick Wolfe, Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race (London: Verso, 2016), 3.
4
Optional: You can also add any number of supplemental sources to support your argument that do
not need to be scholarly. However, they do need to be legitimate. Though you can read up on some
of the background and context for your case study on Wikipedia, WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A
SOURCE. Googling for articles can also lead you to possibly illegitimate news sources that are not
based on factual evidence. Feel free to ask me if you’re unsure of the legitimacy of an internet
source.
o Bibliography Entry:
Wolfe, Patrick. Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race. London: Verso, 2016.
Article:
o Footnote:
Nile Green, “Buddhism, Islam and the Religious Economy of Colonial Burma,” Journal of
Southeast Asian Studies 46, 2 (2015), 176.
o Bibliography Entry:
Green, Nile. “Buddhism, Islam and the Religious Economy of Colonial Burma,” Journal of
Southeast Asian Studies 46, 2 (2015): 175-204.
Web:
o Footnote:
“Burma: New Wave of Destruction in Rohingya Villages.” Human Rights Watch.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/21/burma-new-wave-destruction-rohingya-villages
(accessed December 2, 2016).
o Bibliography Entry:
“Burma: New Wave of Destruction in Rohingya Villages.” Human Rights Watch.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/21/burma-new-wave-destruction-rohingya-villages
(accessed December 2, 2016).

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